Lost in the Never Woods

by Thomas, Aiden

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When children start to go missing in the local woods, a teen girl must face her fears and a past she can't remember to rescue them in this atmospheric YA novel, Lost in the Never Woods from the author of Cemetery Boys.It's been five years since Wendy and her two brothers went missing in the woods, but when the town's children start to disappear, the questions surrounding her brothers' mysterious circumstances are brought back into the light. Attempting to flee her past, Wendy almost runs over an unconscious boy lying in the middle of the road...Peter, a boy she thought lived only in her stories, asks for Wendy's help to rescue the missing kids. But, in order to find them, Wendy must confront what's waiting for her in the woods.Praise for Aiden Thomas and Cemetery Boys: "This stunning debut novel from Thomas is detailed, heart-rending, and immensely romantic." —Mark Oshiro, author of Anger is a Gift"Aiden Thomas masterfully weaves a tale of family, friendships, and love in a heartwarming adventure full of affirmation and being your best self." — C.B. Lee, author of Not Your Sidekick
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Booklist Review: "When children go missing, the people of Astoria, Oregon, turn to Wendy Darling because, after going into the woods with her brothers five years ago, only she returned. Though the town believes Wendy to be the key to figuring out this mystery, she feels like a failure, despite the holes in her memory of that night. Then, one day, Wendy nearly runs over an unconscious boy, and Peter Pan, keeper of the children of Neverland, reenters her life, insisting that they need to work together to free the town's missing children from a terrible fate. Thomas weaves a dark retelling of J. M. Barrie's classic that is as much a gripping treatise on how grief and trauma impact our daily lives as it is a story about being forced to grow up too soon. Peter is a well-crafted character who feels pulled directly from a warm, fantastical dream, and his interactions with Wendy give the story some levity and hope, in contrast to the Darling family's palpable trauma and loss. A poignant novel about resilience, the magic of childhood, and the impossible choices that survivors often have to make in order to move forward, this will haunt readers long after they put it down--but will also leave them looking up at the stars.HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Thomas' debut, Cemetery Boys, made history, earning a spot on the New York Times best-seller list in addition to a number of other recognitions. Their sophomore outing, based on the always-popular Peter Pan, will draw a crowd."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Coping with tragedy and growing up too fast takes center stage in this compassionate rural Oregon reimagining of Peter Pan. Five years ago, Wendy Darling and her brothers vanished in the dangerous woods outside town--and six months later, on her 13th birthday, she alone was found, amnesiac, with her brothers' blood under her fingernails. Now 18 and ready for nursing school, Wendy compulsively sketches a sinister, twisted tree as well as Peter Pan, the imaginary protagonist from her mother's bedtime stories. When children start disappearing again, the real Peter appears, fearful of growing up and begging Wendy to help find his rogue shadow, locate the children that his shadow is stealing, and perhaps save her still-missing brothers. But as Wendy's memories begin to resurface, she realizes that Peter's been keeping secrets--and that she'll need to face her own painful truth. Despite a somewhat simplistic antagonist, Thomas's (Cemetery Boys) immersive prose and nuanced, trauma-informed perspective add real depth to Barrie's classic characters. Readers of Seanan McGuire's Wayward Children series and Laura E. Weymouth will settle into this emotionally generous update. Ages 13--up. Agent: Jennifer March Soloway, Andrea Brown Literary. (Mar.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Thriller
Young Adult Fiction
Publisher Feiwel & Friends2021
Language English
ISBN 9781250313980